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Two-month-old office visit

General Information for a 2 Month Old Baby:

Crying –
Often crying will peak at 6-8weeks. With time, you will learn to distinguish between a hungry cry from other cries. Try not to use feeding as a way to console every cry. Fussy periods lasting 3 hours on average are common. The crying spells generally improve by the age of 3 months. If crying persists at night, you can try planned awakenings during the day. Most babies will sleep through the night between 1-5 months of age.

Bowel movements -
It is normal for babies to strain. Babies only have constipation if they have very hard and infrequent stools. It is normal for stool frequency and consistency to vary greatly.

Family Concerns - Try to sleep when your baby sleeps. If your baby has siblings, spend quality time with older siblings as they often feel neglected. Giving the older sibling responsibility for the baby in small ways can help. Remember to cuddle and nurture your baby.

Development-
Babies should at this time know how to smile and follow objects with their eyes. Most should be cooing and responding to sound. They can lift their head off of the ground. They can also grasp fingers.

Diet-
It is important not to give Karo syrup or honey to a baby. Try to avoid solid foods until 6 months. Studies have shown that feeding solids early does not help the baby to sleep longer, but it does increase the chance that your baby will develop allergies.

Safety (Choking) –
Inspect toys carefully for breakable parts.

Falling –
Do not leave your baby unattended on elevated surfaces.

Clothes -
Avoid clothes with loops that can catch on objects.

Congestion -
Try using saltwater nose drops and the blue bulb syringe. Warm water humidifiers and sitting in a steamed up bathroom will help.


Vaccinations
Polio vaccine (Spanish)- This shot should not be given if allergic to the antibiotics neomycin, streptomycin, or polymyxin B.
DTaP (Diptheria, Pertusis, and Tetnus) (Spanish)- Should not be given if your child has a newly diagnosed seizure disorder. Can cause fever and redness.
Rotavirus vaccine (Spanish) - Most common cause of serious diarrhea in children
HIB (Haemophilis) (Spanish) - Can cause fever and redness. Prevents serious cause of meningitis.
Hepatitis B (Spanish) -Prevents most common cause of serious hepatitis
Prevnar (Streptococcus pneumoniae) (Spanish) - Can cause fever and redness. Prevents serious cause of pneumonia and meningitis.

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